September 8, 2011
by fashion pulse contributor
[Poloarid by JoKa , en titled “Do You See Me, Like I See You?]
What do you get when 50 of today’s top artists are given creative freedom and innovative technology to aid their gift? Polaroid poised this question when they provided 50 Gl10 Instant Mobile Printers, a device said to be like a “portable photo booth in the palm of your hand,” to 50 artists (ranging from James Franco to Cynthia Rowley and Tory Burch) to create 50 unique works of art. The iconic brand is hosting the Made in Polaroid Art Exhibit, open to the public at Milk Studios from September 7th-13th and a charity auction on September 14th at Philips de Pury on Park Ave. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Free Arts NYC, a non-profit organization that “provides arts and mentoring programs to under-served children.” Celebrities, fashion designers, photographers and musicians alike are united in their “go anywhere, print anywhere, and share” philosophy. For further information and a sneak peek at some of the art, visit www.polaroid.com and www.philipsdepury.com.
February 17, 2011
Kimberly Ovitz was inspired by the architecture designed by Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil, which entails aspects of futurism and circularism, which can directly be interpreted through Ovitz’s latest collection. Circular cut-outs made in the back of the garments and in the front of the shoes (designed by Camilla Skovgaard) reverberated the theme of a futuristic world with the models decked out in primarily black, white and grey stretch performance fabrics standing tall, intimidating, and stoic around the circumference of a painted black circle laid on the floor of the Pace Gallery in Chelsea, with pops of fluorescent yellow in the slashes of paint placed on what could be seen of the models’ hair-and-net-covered faces, shoes, and tid-bits incorporated into the design.
On the evening of Thursday, February 10, 2011 Graffiti artist RETNA (Marquis Lewis) debuted in his first exhibition in America during nothing other than New York Fashion Week. The warehouse-style gallery was large and spacious enough, but the crowd was larger. Champagne-held hands flew and waived everywhere, threatening to spill it’s contents all over the metallic monochrome-themed canvases and 3-D installation that resembled various abstract combinations of the male and female gender signs painted on canvases and large wooden blocks set in the right-hand side of the middle of the space.
Demanding the shut down of Grand St. between Greene & Mercer, Andrew Buckler required the attention of both the media and unknowing passer-bys. With a majority of grungy, deconstructed black and white pants, shirts, jackets, and combat boots, Buckler interposed pops of bright yellow via large headphones, a jacket, or tight-fitting pants. Grandly-sized backpacks with flaps wider than they were long added a flair of the quintessential “New York City wanderer” look, a posh vagabond that aimlessly roams the streets in New York City grunge-style. Well-fitted and draped shirts, a hooded pair of overalls, round-collared sweaters, encircling scarves, and tight-fitted jeans paired with a multi-strapped combat boots ran the gamut.
– Rose Lou